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WorkForce Essentials Inc. pays $3.6 million for office building at 118 Seaboard Lane.

WorkForce Essentials Inc. pays $3.6 million for office building at 118 Seaboard Lane.

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A nonprofit workforce development and training organization has paid $3.6 million for an office building in Franklin with plans to relocate its Williamson County location into a space that's more than three times larger.

Over the summer, WorkForce Essentials Inc. plans to move from 3,500 square feet of space on Noah Drive in Franklin into the 15,000-square-foot building at 118 Seaboard Lane.

"The Nashville community is growing, and as the need for workforce development increases, we didn't have the space in our old facility to keep up with the workforce demand,” said John Watz, vice president of the nonprofit employment agency, which has its administrative offices in Clarksville.

The larger location will house the American Job Center, a partnership between WorkForce Essentials and the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development that helps to connect employers and potential employees.

In addition a one-year licensed practical nurse program administered by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology will also move to the Seaboard Lane address along with an adult education program that has occupied space at Workforce Essentials’ current offices.

WorkForce Essential has 37 workforce centers in Middle and West Tennessee. The offices host job fairs that connect employers and future employees and workshops for job seekers.

Broker Stan Snipes of Sperry Van Ness | Nashville represented Mike Melia, the owner of previous occupant Zimmer Melia & Associates Inc. in selling 118 Seaboard Lane.

Scott Spencer